If you lived, owned property or owned a business in Lawrence, Andover or North Andover on September 13, 2018, you could receive payment from a Class Action Settlement.
A number of residents, property owners and businesses – the “Plaintiffs” – in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover (the “Class Area”) sued, among others, NiSource, Inc. and Bay State Gas Co. d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (collectively “Columbia Gas”) for losses they suffered from the natural gas over-pressurization event of September 13, 2018 (the “Incident”). Plaintiffs and Columbia Gas have reached a Class Action Settlement (the “Settlement”).
The Settlement creates a $143 million Settlement Fund. After Court-approved costs and fees, including attorneys’ fees, the remainder of the Settlement Fund will be used to compensate people and businesses covered by the Settlement, called “Class Members.”
You are a Class Member if you lived, owned property or owned a business in the Class Area on September 13, 2018. As a Class Member, you may be entitled to compensation from the Settlement Fund. The terms of the Settlement are described more fully on this website.
Your legal rights are affected whether you act or not. Please read this website carefully.
Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement
File a Claim for Payment by January 31, 2020
Filing the Claim Form available on this website will allow you to receive money under the Settlement if it is approved by the Court.
Object to the Settlement by December 10, 2019
If you do not think the Settlement is fair you may write to the Settlement Administrator to Object.
Get no payment, give up rights. If you do nothing, you will be bound by the terms of the Settlement, but will not receive any payment from the Settlement.
These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained on this website.
The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. Payments will be made if the Court approves the Settlement and after appeals are resolved. Please be patient.
This website is authorized by the Court, supervised by counsel and controlled by the Settlement Administrator approved by the Court. This is the only authorized website for this case.